This blog “Bridging Sciences” is where I post my thoughts as I work at the interface of the social sciences and the natural sciences.
I am Angelo Romasanta, a PhD candidate at the science, business and innovation department at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My main research interest is exploring how opportunities can be created from new scientific and technological breakthroughs. For my PhD, I was a member of a Marie Curie consortium called FragNet, which aimed to further knowledge in the field of fragment-based drug discovery. I collaborated with different universities, spin-offs and large pharmaceutical firms to explore how this novel approach was adopted and commercialized.
Previously, I took my master’s degree under the Erasmus Mundus initiative of the European Commission. My program “Chemical Innovation and Regulation” aimed to equip its students with the ability to translate the technical knowledge concerning chemicals to information, meaningful to businesses and governments. On my first year, I took modules on innovation at the University of Barcelona. Later, I did my thesis on the discovery of new crystal forms of various compounds in a collaboration between the Centro de Quimica Estructural in Lisbon and the University of Bologna.
I am interested in bridging science and business to help innovations in the laboratory turn into marketable products. Previously, I was a marketing intern at Procter and Gamble, working for the fabric conditioner brand Downy. I have also worked in the academe as a researcher for biosensors. Aside from these, I am proud of having founded my own startup which made science-themed shirts to promote literacy to the Filipino youth. This blend of scientific training and business experience made me see the impact that working at the interface can do to society.